Trying to sum up in as few words as possible (it takes a bit of practice) what the trip was like, took some thought. Yeah, OK, almost 6 months of thought. But, the title of this blog probably says it all. And yes, I know you’re supposed to spell it the ‘other way’, but rules are meant to be broken. Remember?
It’s also the name of the song on this third collection of photos and a nice way to tie things up. It really was ‘The Real McCoy’.
For our mini-Tartan tour, we’d decided to make the trip to Skye (via Oban), then onto Inverness, then Scone Palace (near Perth) on the way home. For so much of this trip the weather had been really kind to us and it only really went into full-blown scary storm/blowing a gale/can’t see for shit/ on the A9 from Inverness to Perth leg of the journey. That wasn’t fun.
The bendy, mostly single-lane roads all the way up to Skye were deserted for the most part, and at times it felt like we were never going to get there, but the scenery more than made up for it. Eilean Donan is just before you get to the Skye road bridge and was chockablock full of tourists taking it all in. Do I count as a tourist?
When we eventually got to Portree, we settled for a shared room in one of the youth hostels (we were ‘keeping it real’), plus it left more money aside for the necessities, i.e. beer. Priorities and all that. Next day, the sun was out early so we had to make the most of it.
We were able to round off the day by going to the pub (of course) and watching Scotland beat Australia (it wouldn’t matter who it was – a win’s a win). So, all in all, not a bad shift.
I think my photos probably don’t do Skye much justice? Seriously, I was blown away by the natural beauty of the place. It really was a pleasure to be able to share it with Eun Jin and Jason.
Up early the next morning and drove through to Inverness. After a quick stop at a castle I don’t remember the name of, we did the Nessie thing. It’d be wrong not to.
She wasn’t in…
After finding our digs for the night (after many, many, many failed attempts at getting directions), we set out for a night on the town. All you can eat Chinese buffet was maybe not the best idea if you want to scoop a few pints, but we did our best. There was more live music and some entertainment from the ‘locals’, provided free of charge. We also met a Finnish barmaid with the best ‘sheepy’ accent. The folk you meet along the way, eh?
En route home, we stopped off at Scone (pronounced ‘Skoon’ and definitely not to be mistaken for the dough-based, cake like treat ), where we spent the afternoon going round the Palace and the grounds. Scone Palace, is a category A listed building and was also the crowning-place of King of The Scots. Of course, that was when we still had them. A pleasant afternoon was had by all.
We had a great time. Of course, it was nice to spend some time with my Ma’, have a laugh my with brothers, see my nephew Mason for the first time (look out ladies!), and generally try to make the most out of the short time we had. Having Eun Jin and Jason at hand just made things more memorable. I think I’ll just let the images and music do the talking for me…